To Japanese, U.S. Godzilla is monstrous (in bad way)

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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:00 am

TOKYO (AP) — The big-screen Godzilla that scared and thrilled viewers in 1954 was an actor in a rubber suit with a zipper up its back. And many Japanese fans still prefer that monster over a Hollywood version made in terrifying, full 3-D computer-graphics glory.

“American Godzilla is just a giant iguana freaking out,” says Mudai Nozaki, 30, who believes Godzilla is Japan's greatest contribution to cinematic history next to “Seven Samurai” and “Kagemusha” director Akira Kurosawa.

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